Newsom Educates on New Surgical Treatment for Glaucoma

Tampa, FL, May 30, 2010 --( Glaucoma patients are finally being given the opportunity to live without tedious drop regimens. Newsom Eye’s T. Hunter Newsom, MD was featured in the March 2010 edition of Outpatient Surgery Magazine as an educator for the new surgical treatment available to glaucoma patients, endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP). In the article, “A New Surgical Treatment for Glaucoma,” Dr. Newsom describes in great detail his successful results over the last few years using this method. Due to positive outcomes with ECP, Dr. Newsom made the decision to continue offering this treatment at Newsom Eye’s newly opened AAAHC accredited Class C surgical facility, Tampa Surgery Center.

The article is an educational piece for other ophthalmic physicians and encourages them to offer this procedure to their patients as well. “The cost savings for patients and taxpayers comes from the reduction in costs for topical glaucoma medications, as each drop can cost as much as $100/month,” states Newsom. ECP has helped many glaucoma patients reduce or eliminate the need for expensive medicinal drops.

The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce intraocular pressure. ECP does so by using a laser to photocoagulate the ciliary body which produces the aqueous humor, or fluid in your eye. Manipulating the ciliary body in this manner reduces the amount of fluid that is produced in the patient’s eye which in turn relieves intraocular pressure.

This two-minute procedure can be performed during cataract surgery, and is quickly gaining momentum throughout ophthalmology. The number of surgeons offering this procedure is expected to increase due to its success. Glaucoma patients should ask their ophthalmologist if they would be a good candidate for the procedure.

Newsom expanded his practice into Tampa three years ago. Newsom Eye has offices and a research-based surgical center in Sebring and Avon Park, Fla. Newsom graduated from the University of Florida with Honors in Research and was the first surgeon in the world to implant the Aphakic Artisan Intraocular Lens in a patient with megalocornea. He was recognized by the American College of Eye Surgeons for “Surgical Excellence” and is a Lifetime Visiting Professor at the top-ranked University of Iowa.

Newsom Eye Tampa is located at 13904 North Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33618. For more information, call 813-908-2020.

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